10 guns reported stolen from home of deceased veteran in Bartholomew County

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind.- Thieves stole nearly a dozen firearms from a home in Bartholomew County.

Deputies believe the burglars hit the home on Friendship Drive earlier this week. With the thieves still on the run and now possibly armed, the homeowner asked our crews not to show his face or give out his name.

“Well, there’s a lot of lowlifes in this society anymore,” said the Bartholomew County homeowner, who told FOX59 he noticed the front door cracked open and the motion sensor light ripped out from above the garage.

“I don’t know if drugs are involved or not, but I’m going to guess it is because that’s a fast way to make money,” he said.

The man says his 47-year-old son lived in the home.  The disabled veteran was wheelchair-bound and passed away in September.

“He served proudly in the United States Army. In 2002, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis,” the homeowner said.

The veteran’s father feels these thieves may not have been complete strangers.

“I think they knew him, knew he died and the house and that somebody wouldn’t be here all the time like there normally was,” he said.

Four rifles, four handguns and two shotguns were reported stolen.

“It’s just not safe. You don’t know where they went to or who's got them,” said neighbor Ron Findley.

This is an ongoing investigation.  If you know anything that could help detectives track down the thieves or guns, call Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.